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Boeing names space test dummy Rosie after WWII riveter

Nov. 21, 2019 4:39 PM EST

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX had Ripley. Now Boeing has Rosie. As Boeing moved its Starliner crew capsule to its pad Thursday for a launch next month, the company revealed the name of the test dummy on board. Rosie the Astronaut is named after World War II’s Rosie the Riveter. The dummy has...

Snooze cruise: Study sees future for hibernating astronauts

Nov. 18, 2019 7:55 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — The European Space Agency says putting astronauts into a state of suspended animation could make it easier to reach other planets. The agency said Monday that its researchers examined how hibernation would affect the design of a crewed mission to Mars and concluded that it could help to...

Ex-astronaut set for trial in wreck that killed 2 girls

Nov. 15, 2019 2:41 PM EST

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — A former space shuttle commander is set for trial next month in Alabama on reckless murder charges in a wreck that killed two girls. Court records show the trial of one-time NASA astronaut James Halsell Jr. is scheduled for Dec. 9. The 63-year-old Halsell was arrested after a wreck...

Astronauts start spacewalk series to fix cosmic ray detector

Nov. 15, 2019 1:41 PM EST

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Astronauts launched an extraordinarily complicated series of spacewalks Friday to fix a cosmic ray detector at the International Space Station. Armed with dozens of dissecting tools, Italian astronaut Luca Parmitano removed two protective covers to gain access to the inside of...

NASA warned of safety risks in delayed private crew launches

Nov. 14, 2019 5:33 PM EST

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA auditors warned Thursday the space agency faces “significant safety and technical challenges” that need to be solved before astronauts fly in private capsules. In its report, NASA’s inspector general office noted Boeing and SpaceX are several years late...

China tests Mars lander in international cooperation push

Nov. 14, 2019 11:35 AM EST

HUAILAI, China (AP) — China showed off its Mars spacecraft during a landing test Thursday as the country pushes for inclusion in more global space projects. The demonstration of hovering, obstacle avoidance and deceleration capabilities was conducted at a site outside Beijing simulating conditions on the...

Meteor that streaked over Missouri weighed about 220 pounds

Nov. 13, 2019 8:59 AM EST

ST. LOUIS (AP) — NASA says a meteor seen streaking through the sky behind the Gateway Arch in St. Louis was a basketball-size hunk of rock that broke off from an asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that experts used hundreds of eyewitness accounts from as far away as...

Japan spacecraft starts yearlong journey home from asteroid

Nov. 13, 2019 8:03 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — A Japanese spacecraft left a distant asteroid on Wednesday, starting its yearlong journey home after successfully completing its mission to gather soil samples and data that could provide clues to the origins of the solar system, the country's space agency said. The Japan Aerospace Exploration...

Most distant world ever explored gets new name: Arrokoth

Nov. 12, 2019 9:12 PM EST

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The most distant world ever explored 4 billion miles away finally has an official name: Arrokoth. That means "sky" in the language of the Native American Powhatan people, NASA said Tuesday. NASA's New Horizons spacecraft flew past the snowman-shaped Arrokoth on New Year's Day, 3...

SpaceX launches 60 more mini satellites for global internet

Nov. 11, 2019 11:49 AM EST

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX launched 60 mini satellites Monday, the second batch of an orbiting network meant to provide global internet coverage. The Falcon rocket blasted into the morning sky, marking the unprecedented fourth flight of a booster for SpaceX. The compact flat-panel satellites...